Post # 1
I’ve found a lot of threads about Costco. A lot of them seem to be about shopping there in the States though. I’m from Ontario but was wondering if the membership is worth it?
Do you have a membership? How often do you go? What are the things you regularly buy there?
Stupid question…but wedding shopping, would the prices be more reasonable for stocking a bar with mix – pop, juice, etc then a regular grocery store?
Obviously they don’t sell any alcohol there right? Or are they allowed to sell cases of wine? So many questions!
Post # 3
I don’t know the laws in Canada, but here in the US, depending on the state, they can sell alcohol.
I save alot on milk, tires, electronics, clothes, gas and x-mas gifts. I got really nice patio furniture there for about 1/3 what it cost elsewhere. I love it.
Post # 4
@jlc3: My FI is a big man. If we have boys, I’m worried I will have to move into Costco. I buy all his favourites in bulk there. Sometimes things are really cheap, sometimes they are the same as regular grocery stores (just larger quantities), and sometimes it is actually more.
In Ontario, only the LCBO sells alcohol.
Post # 5
Costco in ON does not sell any alcohol. I love Costco though! They sell THE BEST meat.. My parents have a membership and when FI and I move in together we’re getting one too, just because of the great selection and quality of meat. They also sell great bakery items too, some made in house. They also have a nice selection of cheeses/veggies and fish.
They have just a ton of stuff there. As for pop, they sell cans in pretty big cases (I think like, 48 packs). The pricing on things can be kind of high, not everything is “bulk” pricing, so you have to keep an eye on that.
My parents and I go about once every two weeks. They also have a really cheap dispensing fee for prescriptions at their pharmacies too.
IMO totally worth it!
Post # 6
We have a Costco membership and it has paid for itself. We haven’t quite reached the family size where we need like 5 gallons of milk or 20 lbs of oatmeal, but it’s been great for other things. I get car insurance through Costco (and the rates are quite a bit lower than the competitors when I got quoted). We also get car rentals (also a lot cheaper) and now we just booked a HI vacation through them which includes airfare, car rental and a stay at a 4.5 star resort. Not sure if you have a gas station at yours, but I get all my gas through Costco and it’s always $.10-.15 cheaper per gallon.
We always get our alcohol through Costco when we are having a BBQ and we got our beers and hard liquor for the wedding from there as well. The prices boil down to about $1/beer for imported bottled beer which is definitely cheaper than the average grocery store.
Post # 7
My In-Laws have a membership and we tag along with them sometimes, and I love it. Great deals on groceries, books, clothes, everything. I even bought my new bike from there this year! 🙂
Post # 8
Yup. Totally worth it. My parents have had their membership for years now and we actually do our home phone and internet through them as well. Totally worth the money.
Post # 9
I shop at the Costco here in the Niagara region (but did quite a bit of shopping at the Etobicoke location) and I love Costco. That being said, I have my own business and I can write alot of what I buy off bc it’s business related. But it’s really great if you entertain alot, and their meat is amazing!!
Post # 10
Costco is great for a) the things you can stock up on like meat that you can freeze, or if you are feeding a family, etc… and b) getting fab prices on household items like small appliances, furniture, even mattresses. c) great prices and return policies on electronics. Their return policy is excellent in general
In my state they now sell liquor, wine and beer at costco and yes the wine and beer have always been well priced there. The Liquor is new since last summer, but even that comes in bulk and is priced much better than the grocery store. Also there rae a lot of Kirkland Signature (costco) brand items that are actually manufactured by big name brands. i.e KS baby formula = enfamil, KS Voda = gray goose, etc…
Post # 11
@jlc3: FI’s parents have a Costco membershp and since we now live with them they buy soo much stuff from there!! They buy the detergent, soap and toilet paper there so we never run out! Also they have really good clothing there surprisingly!! I saw it tis totally worth it to have a membership! Sorry no alcohol there..only the LCBO sells that in Ontario!
Post # 12
@jlc3: My ex had a membership. When we broke up I never bothered getting another one. Honestly, I loved COSTCO but it was one of those places where I’d go and spend at least $300 each time I went. You just see things you “need”.
Their meat and seafood is awesome (I still drool when I think of the stuffed salmon steaks and ribeyes and giant scallops). The bulk is awesome, like you can buy whatever you want in giant quantities and it’s pretty cheap. I got a humidifier there and a nice fleece blanket for a great price. It is a fun place. However… it did not replace my regular grocery shop. I just ended up spending way more money than I could afford.
At the time they only took debit/cash or Amex as well, not sure if they’re still like that.
Post # 13
Wow! Thanks guys!
@sweetchiquita12: wishful thinking for selling booze I guess! I was thinking because some Sobey’s stores here have a Wine Rack that maybe, just maybe they might. Oh well. It’s not because I’m a wino, i swear
Post # 14
I love Costco. I think you can be a small family and still save money, but you have to be smart. If you buy bulk things you need to come home and freeze part (meat) or store it with some kind of a rotational system so things don’t get too old.
Meat is great. Produce I have mixed feelings about. The big packs of lettuce are nice, but I don’t like having to buy a flat of tomatoes and not being able to pick the ones I want.
I like their Greek Yogurt – way less expensive than grocery store.
Electronics – good selection usually double mfg warranty. Good return policy
Overall love Costco.
Post # 15
I guess I’m a bit biased because I currently work there part-time (It’s hard to get a teaching contract right out of school), but I love having a membership. I had never stepped foot in a Costco before applying, and had no idea what they sold. I would recommend going to the Costco near you and asking the membership counter for a tour. They don’t allow guests to walk around by themselves, but they would be happy to give you a tour of the warehouse and you can see the different items they sell, and look at prices if you want too.
We found that we’ve been saving a lot of money since buying toilet paper, water, meat and especially dog food. We also buy lots of the seasonal furniture items there which are great quality, and tons of movies and books.
I know only the LCBO sells alcohol in Ontario, but I’m not sure if the Quebec locations sell alcohol or not. You could look into making a trip there, or a trip to the States.
Post # 16
Love Cosco but i normally go there to only buy my bulk cleaning suplies for the house or sometimes if i have a bbq party for the summer i love their meats esp the ribs so worth the buck.